Remixing the museum: Exploring, networking, and digitizing engagement

Professional Forum
Hanna Cho, NGX Interactive, Canada, Kristin Bayans, Portland Art Museum, USA

Galleries, libraries, museums and archives (GLAMs) become increasingly interested in both the digitization of works and the engagement of new and nontraditional audiences, patrons of culture are making the transition from consumers to creators, engaging with collections both online and offline in new ways and with unprecedented results. In short, we are seeing the emergence of and evolution of a new kind of engagement approach in GLAMs, especially related to wider participation in digital and networked art forms. In this professional forum, we bring together a set of cultural heritage-minded organizations from the UK, Canada, and US, to discuss the challenges, possibilities, and road ahead. We will start by considering some of the challenges of undertaking and managing these projects -- the pressure of venturing into the unknown; the technological and inter-organizational "literacy gap" that can exist between collaborators, audience, and museums; the inversely rapid rate of change in technology (including digital asset management tools, ever-changing consumer apps); and of course, funding! We will also look at the technologies, objectives, and collaborative/co-creating possibilities that are offered by these kinds of projects. What motivations, funding, and short/long term aims were (or should have been) connected to their inception and launch? Questions such as, how can digital and networked projects be more effectively built into longer term planning processes and connect more impactfully to the evolving strategic mandates of GLAMs? Finally, this forum will aim to share strategies around how to build professional capacity around how these kinds of hybrid projects.
This professional forum will feature reflections and insights connected to case studies presented by four discussants from Mozilla Foundation, the Portland Art Museum (US), the Museum of Vancouver (Canada), and Tate (UK).

Bibliography:
Luca Damiani: An artist, photographer and visual sociologist, Luca M Damiani works in the fields of Film-Animation, Arts, Human Rights and Visual Sociology. With a multi-methodological approach, Damiani works with creative techniques such as digital, animation, illustration, photography, mosaics and paintings.

Kat Braybrooke: Kat is a creative technologist and researcher based in Vancouver. She leads curation efforts at the Mozilla Foundation, and is a 2012 alumni in digital anthropology at the University of London with a MSc thesis focus on the role of gender amongst F/LOSS hackers in Europe. She is also co-founder of the Open Design and Hardware Network and editor of The Open Book, published in 2012 by the Finnish Institute. Her online portfolio is http://codekat.net.

Hanna Cho:
Hanna's role at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is to connect Vancouverites through participatory curatorial practices, engaging diverse communities in provocative explorations of material culture and contemporary issues. Prior to joining MOV in 2010, she spearheaded new media integration and public engagement at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. 
Hanna is also co-founder of the pioneering community-networking group, Wireless Toronto, whose goal is to reimagine the socio-technical infrastructure in the urban context. Hanna's work sits at the nexus of new media and innovation, network culture, public engagement, and diversity.

Kristin Bayans: Kristin currently serves as the Interpretive Media Specialist for the Portland Art Museum, where she produces interpretive media learning experiences — mobile, web, and in-gallery — for the Object Stories project, special exhibitions, and the Museum’s permanent collection. Previously, she was the Senior Educator of the Vernier Technology Lab at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. She as well has worked as an Assistant Educator with the Smithsonian’s Mobile Learning Institute. Kristin holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from The George Washington University and an M.A. in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art.